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FHTC running smoothly following unspecified threat

The Flint Hills Technical College board of trustees met for their monthly meeting Monday with extra security on hand.

After stepping up measures due to an unspecified threat, FHTC president Dr. Dean Hollenbeck gave little insight as to what the exact threat was against the school, but did say the specific threat mentioned Monday's date (Sept. 11). The case remains under investigation by law enforcement and the college isn't commenting further on the matter. That said, at Monday's meeting Dr. Hollenbeck praised the work of staff responding to the threat noting that operations ran smoothly Monday after the school beefed up security. As a precaution, Emporia High School also added extra staff presence on hand for classes.

Due to the threat, only one access point was available for entering and exiting the FHTC building through the main entrance. Operations will resume as normal Tuesday.

In other business Monday, board members heard an update on the 2017 Perkins Program Improvement grant final report from vice president of instructional services Steve Loewen. FHTC was allocated $229,005 for completing nine mandatory activities. Among the areas where the college met or exceeded their goals was in the area of academic, career and technical activities, use of technology activities and sufficient size, scope and quality activities as well as in the area of professional development. 

The next FHTC board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 9.